A Courtauld Institute of Art graduate, Joanna worked at the Heim Gallery (London) Ltd., becoming the Director of the Sculpture Department. In 1987, she set up Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, exhibitions she organised include ‘Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture: Nature and Imagination in British Sculpture 1848-1914’, ‘Leighton and his sculptural legacy’ and ‘Ettore Ferrari, 1845-1929 : terracottas and drawings for civic and funerary monuments’. She curated the exhibition ‘Arthur Fleischmann: a centennial celebration’ at the Mestke Múzeum in Bratislava in 1996 and helped establish the Arthur Fleischmann Museum there in 2002. A former trustee of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, Joanna was editor of its online magazine, 3rd Dimension and co-founder of the Sculpture Journal. With Holly Trusted and Mark Stocker, she is co-founder of the PSSA.